Schumann: Frauenliebe- und Leben; Schubert: Lieder für Gretchen, Ellen und Suleika

Schumann: Frauenliebe- und Leben; Schubert: Lieder für Gretchen, Ellen und Suleika

by Elly Ameling

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)

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Overview

This splendidly engineered PentaTone release offers owners of SACD equipment the opportunity to hear Elly Ameling singing signature lieder of Schubert and Schumann in quadraphonic sound. The multi-channel technology developed by Philips in the early '70s was not reproducible on either LP or CD, so these recordings have waited 30 years for consumer technology to make their true sonic depth and clarity available to the public. Those without the necessary bells and whistles can still enjoy the recordings in stereo, but all of these recordings have been available for years on other popular releases, so Ameling fans may already own them, and those who don't might be attracted to other packages that offer a more generous program. Regardless of how well equipped one's stereo is, this is a fine musical package, capturing Ameling in her early-'70s prime, singing signature repertory with Dalton Baldwin at the piano. It would be hard to find anything wrong with it. The Schubert songs in particular -- a selection of his lieder that are expressly from the female perspective -- are as good as they get. Some might prefer a more emotive reading of Schumann's "Frauenliebe und -Leben," but Ameling's tidy performance still captures the essence of the cycle, and its journey from expectancy to joy, to ultimate loss.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2004
Label: Pentatone
UPC: 0827949013164
catalogNumber: 5186131
Rank: 92859

Tracks

  1. Frauenliebe und -leben, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 42
  2. Die junge Nonne ("Wie braust durch die Wipfel"), song for voice & piano, D. 828 (Op. 43/1)
  3. Der König in Thule ("Es war ein König in Thule"), song for voice & piano, D. 367 (Op. 5/5)
  4. Gretchen am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), song for voice & piano, D. 118 (Op. 2)
  5. Gretchen ("Ach neige..."), song for voice & piano (fragment), D. 564
  6. Suleika I ("Was bedeutet die Bewegung"), song for voice & piano, D. 720 (Op. 14/1)
  7. Suleika II ("Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen"), song for voice & piano, D. 717 (Op. 31)
  8. Ellens Gesang I ("Raste, Krieger!"), song for voice & piano, D. 837 (Op. 52/1)
  9. Ellens Gesang II ("Jäger, ruhe von der Jagd"), song for voice & piano, D. 838 (Op. 52/2)
  10. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)

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